Craig Koester on “Truth” in the Fourth Gospel

 In John’s Gospel, truth is not a timeless ideal that is reached by contemplation. It is a power that counters the enslaving dominion of falsehood. Truth is communicated in order to free people from bondage to sin (8:32), to awaken authentic worship of God (4:23-24), and to shape actions that are truly life-giving (3:21)

4 thoughts on “Craig Koester on “Truth” in the Fourth Gospel

  1. The effect of truth, i.e. its power to free people, awaken worship, etc. does not diminish the nature of truth as a stated proposition. The truth in John’s gospel reflected in a statement such as “I am the way, the truth, and the life….” is not just an impact statement but is a statement that reflects the claim of Jesus as the unique means of knowing God. Koester sounds almost Barthian in his framing of the issue.

  2. Raymond -thanks for this. I am not sure Koester is denying proposition “truth,” but one must put this into a particularly Jewish (covenantal) framework to understand how Biblical writers tended to use the language of truth.

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